Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) (Hardcover)

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I was unfamiliar with the game, "Pachinko," before I picked up Min Jin Lee's inspiring book, but if you believe in the adage that "life is a game," then her story is such: life. It incorporates so much rich world history, following a Korean family in Japan through generations after war, so you get treated to issues of gender, socioeconomics, and religion along with beautiful prose. Highly recommended!

— From Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko is a popular gambling game in Japan. So to is life a gamble for three generations of a peasant Korean family that survives the Japanese occupation of Korea.  As the widow (Sunju) of a persecuted Christian missionary (Isak), Sunji travels to Osaka to live with her brother-in-law's family.  The Korean, while industrious and hardworking, are never fully accepted by the Japanese.  Some prevail despite bigotry and tragedy.
--Heather

— From Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS
Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER
In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

*Includes reading group guide*

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About the Author


Min Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Cond? Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781455563937
ISBN-10: 1455563935
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 496
Language: English